• Code Focused

    Strategies for Debugging Lots of C++ Objects Effectively

    When you have code that is called for many objects it's hard to go through all them and just check line by line. How can you more efficiently debug lots of code? 10/20/2016

  • Mobile Corner

    Extending a Universal Windows Platform Media App

    Both the MediaElement and Player Framework provide rich, on-screen elements for controlling media playback. Here's how to use a Universal Windows Platform app to use both the System Media Transport Controls and Cortana to provide an alternative, more integrated player experience. 10/19/2016

  • Practical .NET

    Use Constants and Enums to Improve Readability (and Reduce Maintenance)

    If you're not using Const and Enums then you're just making life harder for the next programmer. 10/18/2016

  • News

    Visual Studio LightSwitch Gets Turned Off

    As Microsoft ends further development of LightSwitch, the "development" tool aimed at line-of-business types, it introduces an alternative: PowerApps. 10/17/2016

  • Practical .NET

    3 Ways to Manage Dependent Classes in the .NET Framework

    Once you start implementing current design practices, you'll find that your typical object consists of a lot of other objects. 10/17/2016

  • Code Focused

    Tricks with Goto in Visual Basic and C#

    Goto statements, whether they're used in Visual Basic or C#, can be confounding as to their purpose in some contexts. 10/14/2016

  • News

    UWP Community Toolkit 1.1 Enhancements

    One month after release, there's already a slew of fixes and enhancements that are responses to user feedback to the toolkit. Also, it's now a .NET Foundation project. 10/13/2016

  • Connection Strings

    October Surprise: Azure Developer Updates

    Fresh from Ignite, the Azure teams have been on a DevOps-heavy kick with a number of new tools for managing Azure services. 10/13/2016

  • Visual Studio Toolbox

    Templates and Extensions for Xamarin & Mono

    Cross-platform software development has come a long way. Here's a roundup of tools, templates and plug-ins for .NET coding that targets Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS -- even Raspberry Pi and Lego. 10/12/2016

  • Modern C++

    Make Your Code Faster with noexcept

    That noexcept keyword is tricky, but just know that if you use it, your coding world will spin faster. 10/11/2016

  • News

    TypeScript 2.0 Final Version Not To Be Missed

    The final point release of Microsoft's JavaScript-like language comes with tagged unions, glob support and new types with which to play around. 10/11/2016

  • Practical .NET

    Best Practices for Loosely Coupled Classes

    In an object-oriented world you create flexible applications by combining objects. You'll want to keep those objects loosely coupled, though, so that a change in one class doesn't force you to rewrite every class. Here's how to keep them loosely coupled. 10/10/2016

  • Add a Shortcut to Frequently Visited Code

    In every project, there's some pieces of code that you keep having to go back to. Here's how to create a shortcut to take you to those "problem lines." 10/07/2016

  • News

    With Visual Studio 15 Preview 5, Performance Is Key

    Performance comes in the form of shorter load times and more efficient memory usage across the tooling. and productivity are highlights of this latest preview. 10/06/2016

  • News

    Use VMs for Windows 10 Development

    Microsoft is making it so much more convenient for developers to get hands-on experience building Windows 10- and UWP-based apps -- via preconfigured Windows 10-based virtual machines. 10/05/2016

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